Friday, April 27, 2007

FDA says "...aren't aware of other potential recalls" - 6 recalls follow within hours

As always has it summarized nicely: FDA Transcript and the Question

OPERATOR: Next question comes from Debbie (sic) Turner. Your line is open.

REPORTER: Thank you. This is Debbie Turner (sic) with CBS News. As it relates to pets, are you confident that you have confiscated and contained all the melamine adulterated or contaminated, whether it be wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate, and should we expect any additional voluntary recalls among pet food in the coming days and weeks?

CAPTAIN ELDER: There was a recall announced today (PetConnection note: That recall was actually announced the day before) involving the rice protein concentrate. It was announced by Chenango Valley Foods. And in this announcement it covered the product Smart Pac, product produced, marketed by the firm Smart Pac that we mentioned during the last call on Tuesday of this week, and it includes additional products distributed by a firm called Foster and Smith. These again were associated with the contaminated rice protein concentrate. We aren’t aware of any other potential recalls at this time involving either pet food produced from contaminated wheat gluten or from contaminated rice protein concentrate. As we say time and again, the investigation is open, we continue to follow the trail, but we don’t have anything else that we expect to emerge. However, with the caveat, the inspection is ongoing and we are going to follow the trail until it ends, and if another recall emerges through that investigation that’s what will be necessary to continue to protect animal health and we will make sure that we do that as expeditiously as we can.

The whole transcript is here on the USDA website.

As I think we all know by now, not only had there been a subsequent recall during or shortly before the press conference - the Costco one - but there have now been FIVE MORE tonight, within hours of that statement - made, it should be noted, in response to a question from a reporter, Dr. Debbye Turner, who is also a veterinarian.

What’s more, since Craig Wilson of Costco told me that it was FDA testing that found the melamine in their food in the first place (tests run by American Nutrition on the food were negative), what chain of events could have led to FDA saying that it “didn’t have anything else that we expect to emerge”? What did FDA expect would happen with the companies it had told had melamine in their foods?

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Personal note: Last night (and well into the morning hours) bloggers from,,, and all tracked down rumors of new recalls - and worked together to share and post information of these new recalls - before these recalls were announced by the companies and/or the FDA.

While it's good we were able to get and post the information, we shouldn't have had to do it.

Why are bloggers doing the FDA's job?


Jamie said...

Thank you so much for all this information!

Hobo said...

all i can say is i thank the higher powers for you guys, because otherwise i would be completely in the dark!!!!
thank you
thank you
thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I think it must be very apparent by now that the FDA never intended to do the job. The FDA is still trying to sell the 16 deaths and they are trying so very hard to sell it that makes me think that there is more to the story.
Political or Purina ties is my guess, or some unholy combination.
They are sure picking off the smaller companies and the timing_look at the timing.

Christie Keith said...

Ah yes, the midnight recall watch - and the next day the FDA sent me a press release about all the recalls we'd already reported the day before, in response to a question from me asking why they hadn't known about those very recalls.

*bashes head into wall*

Volunteers Needed! Get food off shelves...,,,, and have joined together to ask for your help.
Update 6-10: Recalled food was purchased from a
California store on 5-29th – this stuff is still out there!
We need Volunteers to help get recalled food off store shelves. Read this post at Spocko’s Brain for instructions. Print a list (or two) on this site. Visit stores, then report safe stores here at

Printing Information:
1. Print the main FDA Pet Food Recall page – this will be handy to show retailers who haven’t heard anything about the recall. (3 pages)

2. Print the list of 14 Major National Brands - it includes flavors and date information where applicable so you can tell if specific products for these brands have been recalled. The brands are: Alpo Prime Cuts, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Doctors Foster and Smith, Eukanuba, Gravy Train, Hill’s Science Diet, Iams, Jerky Treats, Lick Your Chops, Mighty Dog Pouches, Natural Balance, Nutro, Pounce, Royal Canin. (It’s 7 pages and includes FDA contact information.)

3. Print the List of All Brands – it will remind you what products have been recalled - but it does not give you date and flavor information, there is just too much to put in one document. (7 pages, but the 7th page is links to more detailed information so you don’t need to print it)

If you want, and are going to a store that you know has store brands that have been recalled (such as Walmart), go to that recall information at the links on the summary or at the FDA site and print it out. Some of the information is formatted in ways that make it difficult to read (one of the main reasons for this site), but it’s better than nothing.

Note: The FDA is the official source for all recall information and recalled products. This is an unofficial volunteer effort to help get the word out and get recalled foods off of shelves. We’re doing the best we can but can’t guarantee these lists are completely accurate. Again, here is the official recall site: